Category Employment & Labor

Rights as a Transgender Person in the Workplace

It is not always clear what rights you have in the workplace as an employee. This task becomes more challenging when your rights have been a topic of controversy in the media. To provide clarity on this matter, we have provided explanations for the workplace rights transgender people have in Iowa.   The Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibits... Read More

Sanctions Related to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladamir Putin recognized the independence and sovereignty of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). Russian military forces mobilized to the DPR and LPR.  The same day, February 21, 2022, President Biden issued Executive Order... Read More

OSHA Withdraws Portion of COVID-19 Healthcare ETS

On December 27, 2021, OSHA announced that because it could not finalize a permanent standard to replace its Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (the “Healthcare ETS”) within the 6-month window it had to do so, “it is withdrawing the non-recordkeeping portions of the healthcare ETS.”  OSHA says the COVID-19 log and reporting provisions remain... Read More

The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate (and More) is Here: Large Employers Must Ensure Employees are Fully Vaccinated or Tested Weekly by January 4, 2022... Unless the Courts Interject.

As discussed in our prior blog entry, on September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) would soon issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) which included a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for large employers.  OSHA’s ETS was finally released on November 4,... Read More

Iowa Enacts a New Law on Employer Vaccination Mandates and Unemployment Insurance

On October 29, 2021, Iowa passed and enacted House File 902 which establishes new requirements for employers mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees.  The new law also affects unemployment benefits for employees who are discharged for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  In reviewing the summary below, keep in mind that the law... Read More

Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandates Have Arrived. OSHA’s Nationwide Private Sector Mandate is Close Behind.

  Federal Contractors Targeted First On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, an Executive Order on “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.” EO 14042 ordered federal departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments include a clause requiring prime contractors to... Read More

An Update on Vaccine Incentives: Can Employers Raise Health Insurance Premiums for Unvaccinated Employees? 

  Last week, BrownWinick provided an update on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, including anticipated requirements from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). It is expected that these requirements will apply only to certain larger employers, although the anticipated rule is still in its early... Read More

Company with 100+ Employees? Prepare for the Most Stringent Vaccine Requirements Yet.

  On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced an updated national COVID-19 strategy that includes the most sweeping vaccine requirements to date. Of note, under the strategy, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) is developing a rule that will mandate all large employers to either: (1) require their... Read More